A £1.5 MILLION purpose-built training centre for apprentice Suzuki technicians plus parts and customer service advisers has been officially opened in Doncaster.
Dame Rosie Winterton, Deputy Speaker for the House of Commons and MP for Doncaster Central, performed the ceremony today at the 36,846 sq ft state-of-the-art facility. Managed and operated by Bosch, it will be used for non-dealer-based modules of Suzuki’s Advanced Apprenticeship Programme.
Apprentices and their tutors will have access to three classrooms plus fully equipped workshop areas for theory-based tuition and practical hands-on training that lies at the heart of the apprenticeships.
Around 100 apprentices from the manufacturer’s automobile, motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle divisions take part in Suzuki’s two- and three-year distance learning programmes at any one time.
Technicians from the programme have been finalists and winners at Suzuki’s national and European-wide annual contests, while others have taken up more senior roles of service and aftersales manager, among other positions, during their career at a Suzuki dealership.
Denis Houston, director of aftersales at Suzuki GB, said: ‘We are delighted to have been handed the keys to the new centre. It is a privilege to be able to train our apprentices in an inspirational and contemporary setting that offers access to first-class facilities.
‘This environment will only enhance and develop their learning during the programme, and we look forward to welcoming our first group of trainees to the centre.’
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